Our law office provides effective representation of our clients charged with indictable offenses in the Superior Courts of New Jersey commencing at the detention hearing; the filing of motions for reconsideration of pre-trial release or release due to COVID 19 in the state prison system and in the county jails. Our office also advocates for our clients to be accepted into Drug Court in the Superior Courts and handles Drug Court expungements and expungements for indictable offenses, disorderly persons offenses, ordinance violations and completion of diversion programs. With the marijuana bill being passed legalizing marijuana under 50 grams and expungements of prior criminal records being permitted in 2021, our office has now expanded its focus to handling all types of expungements for those clients seeking to enter the work force or already employed.
Our law office also defends clients charged with all municipal court offenses, traffic violations, disorderly persons offenses, petty disorderly persons offenses, charges for DUI and DWI in NJ, driving while suspended and on the revoked list, and drug charges in the municipal courts throughout the State. We diligently represent our clients in reviewing the evidence, consulting experts, and filing the necessary motions and in preparing our defense at trial.
Our office continues to strongly advocate for our clients in the Family Courts in the handling of family court litigation involving issues of custody, visitation and grandparent visitation. Our law office also provides representation to our clients in domestic violence proceedings and in contesting the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order and in challenging the issuance of the Final Restraining Order.
Our law office has continued to represent our clients in the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and halachic living wills, which services have been expanded due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Our office has also continued to provide effective representation in the filing of Guardianship proceedings and in the handling of probate matters and estate matters through the Surrogate's Offices and in the Superior Courts.
Given the COVID pandemic, landlord tenant proceedings seeking eviction have been stayed by the Courts until 2021. Our law office has now expanded its services to handling eviction proceedings from filing of the Complaint until the conclusion of the proceedings. Given the Court's stay of evictions, Orders to show cause are now the only method of obtaining removal of the tenants from the premises and even then, removals are now being permitted until the end of 2020. As a result, the Courts are now holding settlement conferences to address the back log in the Courts.
Barbara Ungar, Esq., has practiced law for almost 32 years and has engaged in the private practice of law for the past 21 years. She is a strong advocate for her clients and has achieved great results for them. Her zealous representation of her clients in all stages of criminal prosecutions in the Superior Courts of New Jersey and in all stages of New Jersey municipal court proceedings, DUI, DWI, disorderly persons offenses and traffic violations in the municipal courts and in the family courts, has resulted in favorable outcomes, which are reflected in some notable results.
Barbara Ungar served as the Chair of the Municipal Court Practice Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association for two terms. During her tenure as Chair of the Municipal Court Practice Section, Ms. Ungar became the Chair of the Subcommittee on Judicial Independence in the Municipal Courts and held four public hearings throughout the State of New Jersey, which were chaired by Ms. Ungar. Ms. Ungar was also involved in the handling of the appeal before the New Jersey State Supreme Court in State v. Denselbeck concerning the right to a jury trial for third and subsequent DWI offenses.
Barbara Ungar also served as the Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. During her tenure as Chair of the Criminal Law Section, the Section was involved in the review of the Criminal Law Justice Reform Act that changed our former bail system to allow our clients to be released on pre-trial conditions of release into the community. Ms. Ungar currently serves on the Attorney Wellness Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
In March, 2016, the Appellate Division, in an unpublished important decision by the Court, affirmed the lower court's decision to allow Ms. Ungar's client (an out of state resident with second degree gun possession charges) into Pre-trial Intervention over the State's objection.
In February, 2019, the Appellate Division, in another unpublished decision by the Court, considered the Court's decision to admit Ms. Ungar's client into Pre-trial Intervention over the State's objection. The Appellate Division remanded the case back to the Court for further consideration.